Giveaway: Split Lip Rayfield, April 18 at George’s Majestic Lounge

April 14th, 2014 at 9:30 am

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Feeling lucky? Split Lip Rayfield is coming up “Aces High.” The band performs soon in Fayetteville, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets.

We’d like to propose a trade.

We have a pair of tickets to the Split Lip Rayfield concert on April 18 at George’s Majestic Lounge.

What we don’t have are many Instagram followers.

On Thursday (April 17), we’ll give away those tickets to one lucky reader. You can enter twice — once by commenting on this page and a second time by proving that you follow us on Instagram — we’re at @NWAOnline. Send proof (a screenshot will suffice) to assistant features editor Kevin Kinder via email. That will count as a second entry.

Once we pass our noon Thursday deadline, we’ll randomize the entries and pick a winner.

Split Lip Rayfield, for those uninitiated, are a thrash-grass trio from Kansas. They’ve performed everywhere in the country, including many times in Northwest Arkansas. They’re particularly known for their festival sets, including those at Wakarusa. They aren’t coming to that venue this year, however, so the George’s show on April 18 may be your one chance to see them this year.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win tickets, they are available through the venue’s website for $12.

Women rock — and make pop, folk, blues and more

April 11th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Emma's Revolution

Emma’s Revolution

Local folk/blues/rock/many other genres band Big Bad Gina have rounded up some of their touring friends and brought them to Fayetteville.

The second annual Amazon Music Festival takes place Saturday at the Guesthouse International Hotel in Fayetteville. Emceed by Trish Busch, the event is headlined by Holly Near. Near’s career is 40 years in the making and she is an advocate for peace.

Performance times are:

2 p.m. — S.J. Tucker

3 p.m. — Ginger Doss

4 p.m. — Summer Osborne

5:30 p.m. — Drum workshop with Wahru Cleveland

7 p.m. — Holly Near

8 p.m. — Emma’s Revolution

9:30 p.m. — Big Bad Gina

All-day passes are $50 when purchased in advance or $60 at the door.

The weekend in live music, with Blue October and more

April 11th, 2014 at 5:03 am

Blue October

Blue October

Last weekend, Northwest Arkansas had the blues. This weekend will be ‘blue’ as well, but in a much different way.

Texas-based modern rock band Blue October has released modern rock radio hits such as “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean” and recorded seven albums, the most recent of which, “Sway,” was released in August 2013. The band will visit Fayetteville for a show on Sunday night (April 13) at George’s Majestic Lounge. Joining Blue October for the 9 p.m. show will be Architects. Tickets are $25 and are available through

Speaking of George’s, they’ve got what should be a good show tonight (April 11) too. Songwriter (and former boxer) Paul Thorn will perform there for the late night show. He’ll go on about 9:30 p.m. Admission is $20.

Also this weekend is the second Amazon Music Festival at the Guesthouse International in Fayetteville. It features an assortment of all-female groups. More on that event in a few minutes.

Elsewhere, Shreveport, La., band Engine stops by for a performance tonight at Smoke & Barrel Tavern. Adam Faucett entertains at The Lightbulb Club on Saturday (April 12) and many other gigs are listed on our homepage.

What’s on your radar?

On the Way — The Secret Sisters, late August at the Fayetteville Roots Festival

April 9th, 2014 at 11:27 am

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In what I believe is a blog first, here’s a “Hunger Games” reference. It comes with a strong message — according to The Secret Sisters, “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder.” They contributed that track to the soundtrack of the uber popular dystopian film.

Even as tickets in several price ranges sell out, artists are being added to the Fayetteville Roots Festival lineup.

Specifically, Alabama act The Secret Sisters have been added to the event, which takes place Aug. 28-31 in various venues in downtown Fayetteville.

We also now know courtesy of the festival’s website which nights the headliners will play. The schedule looks like this: The Wood Brothers, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, The Secret Sisters and Willie Watson on Aug. 29 and Lucinda Williams, Jay Farrar, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Anais Mitchell on Aug. 30.

If any other names are announced, we’ll let you know.

Soon in tunes: Joe Nichols, April 8 at the Walton Arts Center

April 8th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols

Country musician Joe Nichols started his career more than a decade ago. He’s renewed it with the recent success of the song “Sunny and 75.” The Rogers-born musician will return to the area for a Tuesday night (April 8) show at the Walton Arts Center. The concert serves as a fundraiser for the Washington Regional Foundation. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. event with musical guest Backroad Anthem is $75. Tickets are available by calling 443-5600 or via

Two days of the blues

April 7th, 2014 at 11:15 am

I caught the blues this weekend.

This was an intentional act.

The Blues in the Natural State Festival took over Dickson Street on Friday and Saturday (April 4-5). In the process, more than a dozen blues artists performed at venues such as 324 Ballroom, Smoke & Barrel Tavern and George’s Majestic Lounge.

I didn’t catch it all, but I watched substantial portions of many of the sets. Here are a few mini-reports:

Earl and Them brought out a crowd for the George’s Happy Hour set on Friday evening. A vehicle for guitar wonder and longtime Northwest Arkansas music scene favorite Earl Cate, the band for a while brought out David Renko, further blurring the line between Earl & Them and Cate’s better-known (but semi-retired) group The Cate Brothers Band (more on them later).

• Young guitar slinger Samantha Fish is a dynamo. Fish, still in her mid-20s, played a mix of her own songs and interesting covers such as Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and the Townes Van Zandt (via The Rolling Stones) version of “Dead Flowers.” She can hold her own with guitarists twice or three times her age.

• Closing the first evening’s festivities were the Royal Southern Brotherhood. I didn’t catch all the set, but the band members traded vocals and licks between songs. I understand Devon Allman (son of Allman Brothers vocalist Gregg Allman) played “No Way Out” not long after I left. That would have been cool.

• Sadly, I was forced to miss several of the early afternoon shows. I understand that Lucious Spiller, particularly, was good.

• I picked up blues watching with Leah and the Mojo Doctors at Smoke & Barrel. The Mojos are a versatile bunch, but they lean toward the blues for occasions such as this. That works in their favor when they take pop or folk songs such as Ray LaMontagne’s “Three More Days” and give them a blues treatment.

• I just missed the shows by RJ Mischo and only caught a smattering of Jigsaw Mud. But I did catch the entirety of the set by The Cate Brothers Band. What was true about them in the near past remains true today — Earl and Ernie Cate work well together onstage. And Terry Cagle sounds so much like his uncle Levon.

That’s what I saw. Anyone else catch some blues this weekend?

Get some blues. In Arkansas.

April 4th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Royal Southern Brotherhood

If you can’t find blues music this weekend in Fayetteville, you aren’t trying hard enough.

The annual Blues in the Natural State festival continues from this afternoon (April 4) through the early morning hours of Sunday (April 6).

During the process, dozens of performance will take place at various host venues such as George’s Majestic Lounge, Smoke & Barrel Tavern and the 324 Ballroom.

Headliners include the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Tab Benoit, The Cate Brothers Band and more.

Tickets for each day’s performances are $25 at the door, and the tickets, which are exchanged for all-access wristbands, can be picked up at George’s.

The schedule looks like this:


Today (April 4)

6-8 p.m. — Earl & Them, George’s Majestic Lounge

7-9 p.m. — Isayah’s Allstars, George’s

9 p.m. — Samatha Fish, George’s

10:30 p.m. — Royal Southern Brotherhood, George’s

Saturday (April 5)

4 p.m. — Lucious Spiller, 324 Ballroom

4:30 p.m. — Levee Town, Smoke & Barrel Tavern

5:15 p.m. — Little Joe McLerran, 324 Ballroom

6 p.m. — Leah & The Mojo Doctors, Smoke & Barrel Tavern

6 p.m. — The Downtown Livewires, George’s

6:30 p.m. — Ray Bonneville, 324 Ballroom

7 p.m. — RJ Mischo and his Red Hot Blues Band, George’s

7:30 p.m. — Jigsaw Mud, George’s

8:30 p.m. — The Cate Brothers, George’s

10 p.m. — Tab Benoit, George’s

Midnight — Steve Pryor, George’s

See you at some of the shows.

The weekend in live music, with Elephant Revival and more

April 4th, 2014 at 5:03 am

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

Welcome to the weekend. Nice to see you here.

Shall we begin with the watching of some live music?

A frequent guest in Northwest Arkansas has two local gigs taking place in short order. Colorado band and Americana outfit Elephant Revival will perform at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (April 6) at George’s Majestic Lounge with guests Smokey and The Mirror. Admission is $15 and available through Elephant Revival will come back later this month for a party at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on April 26. Details about that concert can be found via

It’s also a busy weekend courtesy of the Blues in the Natural State Festival. Some of yesterday’s events got postponed or canceled, but the festival roars back to life today (April 4) with many sets by many artists in many locations. We’ll update you on it later today, and then throughout the weekend.

Also taking place this weekend is the Grits & Glamour Tour featuring Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan. The two country music artists will converge for a free show tonight at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla. It begins at 10:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, the first show of the live music season at Neumeier’s Rib Room takes place Saturday (April 5) with a performance by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. It’s an early show — 5:30 p.m. — and admission is $25.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Soon in tunes: Myla Smith, April 3 at Smoke & Barrel

April 2nd, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Myla Smith

Myla Smith

Pop and folk practitioner Myla Smith’s tour in support of her new album “Hiding Places” will bring her to Fayetteville for a set with two other songwriters. Smith, who has earned comparisons to Patty Griffin and Sara Bareilles, will perform on Thursday (April 3) at Smoke & Barrel Tavern. She’s recently opened for Quiet Company and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, but for her new tour, she’ll be joined by guests Chris Milam and Heather Batchelor. Admission is free. The show begins at 10:30 p.m.

AMP announces three new shows

April 1st, 2014 at 10:17 am

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No joke. Steve Miller Band is coming to Northwest Arkansas on Sept. 27.

While showing off the progress being made at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, officials also dropped three new names for the summer concert series there.

All of them are classic rock acts of some acclaim.

Coming here are:

Boston on Aug. 15

Foreigner on Aug. 29

Steve Miller Band on Sept. 27

The latter of the three acts will visit during Bikes, Blues & BBQ, which means it should be a very large draw.

My colleague Christie Swanson has some more details from Monday’s event at the AMP. Catch her story here [Note: Subscriber content]

No word on ticket prices or on sale dates. We’ll update you.